Bonds Done Playing: Agent
Controversial home run king won't find work, he finally admits
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2009 2:11 PM CST
Barry Bonds talks with a baseball writer in 2007.   (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds will almost certainly never play again, his agent said today, finally admitting what had seemed a fait accompli. “If there was any chance he'd be back in a major-league uniform, it would have happened by now,” Jeff Borris tells the San Francisco Chronicle. “When 2008 came around, I couldn't get him a job. When 2009 came around, I couldn't get him a job. Now, 2010 ... I'd say it's nearly impossible. It's an unfortunate ending to a storied career.”

Bonds hasn’t officially retired, and has said many times that he won’t, so he could suit up if he gets a call. He was productive in 2007, leading the league in on-base percentage (.480) and walks (132), while hitting .276 with 28 homers. “I’m sure if they gave him two weeks in a cage, he’d be hitting amongst the best in the game right now,” says Borris. But the steroid controversy, and attendant indictment, has kept teams away.